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By Betty Hill, Capistrano Beach
Resident concerns over the proposed Town Center parking plan were largely ignored by the Dana Point Community Development staff at Monday night’s Planning Commission meeting. The proposed parking concessions drastically reduce the amount of required parking for residential and commercial projects saving developers millions. It proposes to give away public parking spaces to developers for free while at the same time taxpayers pay for leasing parking spaces in Town Center short term and millions more should a city parking lot be needed in the future.
The report by a representative of Nelson Nygaard, the city’s parking consultant, left residents and members of the Planning Commission worried and perplexed. However, developers present at the meeting, including Majestic Development’s representative, were probably salivating. The proposed plan is a developer’s dream coming true. See www.savedanapoint.com for details.
The Planning Commission was not satisfied with the plan, as presented, and voted to continue the issue until the May 11 meeting, where the newly-appointed planning commissioners will consider the plan. Actually, the city’s staff, under the direction of Mayor Olvera and other members of the City Council, wanted an “up or down” vote so the plan could move forward either way for the possible approval by the City Council.
I guess Dana Point residents and even the Planning Commission are just an inconvenience to some of our city leaders. The recommended changes to the Town Center Plan and the financial impact could be disastrous to the city. The quality of life we enjoy here in Dana Point is being gambled away.
Please give Dana Point residents a chance to vote on the future of Dana Point by signing the 2015 Town Center Initiative.
To sign the initiative, go to 2015TownCenterInitiative.nationbuilder.com and select “SIGN” at the top.